Those from Gurs. Internment Camp Art from the Elsbeth Kasser Collection
26 January 2016 until 10 April 2016
Opening: 25 January 2016, 6.30 p.m.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. A unique collection of watercolour paintings and drawings collected by Elsbeth Kasser (1910-1992) will be presented at the Museum im Lagerhaus. From 1940 to 1943 Elsbeth Kasser a Swiss nurse of the Red Cross worked in the Gurs internment camp. Voluntarily. On her own initiative she set up an aid project, organized additional food, and worked to establish a humane atmosphere in the camp as much as possible. Elsbeth Kasser recognized the importance of art in this existentially difficult situation as a necessity for survival. She received many drawings and watercolors as gifts out of gratitude. To ensure their safety, they were smuggled into Switzerland. There are a total of 172 works on paper as well as some handmade objects that were created primarily in Gurs between 1939 and 1943, of which a selection will be shown in the exhibition at the Museum im Lagerhaus. The exhibition is organized by IG Kunst und Kultur in Internierungslagern.
Marina Widmer Archiv für Frauen- Geschlechter- und Sozialgeschichte Ostschweiz
Monika Jagfeld Museum im Lagerhaus
Marina Schütz Kinok
Arne Engeli Internationaler Bodensee-Friedensweg
Opening at the Museum im Lagerhaus
Monday, 25 January 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Monika Jagfeld, Museum Director
Councilor Martin Klöti
Prof. Dr. Walter Schmid, President of the Elsbeth Kasser Foundation
Further information on current exhibition.
10 November 2015 until 28 February 2016
Opening: 9 November 2015, 6.30 p.m.
The exhibition shows contemporary outsider art between the construction of the ego and self-manifestation. The boundaries between a creating self and a created art-self dissolve. The exhibition ‹Flights of Fancy› with works of the collection reflects on the fascination of flying and the artistic approach for this subject. Further information on current exhibition.